Transition US Newsletter - Growing A Movement

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In this Issue:
Growing A Movement
Webinars: Ecological Leadership & Transition
Resources:Building Teams
In Transition 2.0 in DC
Using Local Building Materials
Transition Training
PCI: Rebuilding the Foodshed
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Transition Training

Transition LAUNCH Training  (formerly the T4T)

This two-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community or for existing Transition initiatives who are interested in deepening their understanding of Transition.


Transition and the potential of local building materials

Transition Talk

Watch a talk given by Rob Hopkins at the Earth Building UK Conference this year.

Read more at Transition Culture

DC Environmental Film Festival features "In Transition 2.0"


About the film: Responding to uncertain times with resilience, creativity and optimism, this film, inspired by the Transition Movement, captures 16 inspiring stories from seven countries around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It shows communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. In a world full of challenges, these are stories of hope and ingenuity. Free Screening March 13, 5:00pm, part of the DC Environmental Film Festival.


Volunteer Opportunities

We are on the lookout for youth mentors, regional reporters, videographers, transcribers and more - visit our volunteer opportunities page >>

Support our Cause
February 2013 e-newsletter

Transition Initiatives across the country joined the largest climate rally in history. On February 17, members of the Transition movement joined tens of thousands of activists in Washington, DC, and at solidarity rallies across the country to protest the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and demand President Obama take serious action to combat climate change and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.Read more about the rally in this Huffington Post article

This month we're thinking about how to grow a movement at the social relationships that create the foundation for massive change.

(Photos: left in DC, right in San Francisco)

Growing A Movement for Transformational Change 

Transition LabTransition Lab builds hands on curriculum to build community
At the edge of where ideas hit the ground, the Transition Lab is "training ordinary people to model, explore and create a resilient future" // Read more.

--  The Transition Lab it is a creative example of a Transition Enterprise and that we are looking forward to highlighting more of the in coming months!

Resilience is About Relationships
The Atlantic examines the role of neighborhood social networks in helping communities survive and respond to emergencies // Read more.

February Roundup
Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US and around the world //Read more.

The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy    
Our recent webinar on sharing by Janelle Orsi and YES! Magazine look at cooperative ownership in our shifting economy // Read more.   

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New Initiatives

Welcome two new Official Transition Initiatives:

Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative!

Ask your questions about how Transition hits the ground:

Monthly Transition Salon
Thursday, March 14
11am-noon Pacific
An open dialogue space where folks involved in Transition meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together.

(Photo - Transition Goshen mapping relationships)


Webinars & Online Events

Into the Ecology of Leadership: Leveraging Inner Permaculture for Inspired Action
Thursday, February 28
5pm-6:15pm Pacific
As we cultivate our capacities to become effective change-agents, this webinar will provide an opportunity to explore the relationship between the landscapes within and how we show up in our life and leadership.  What becomes possible when we deepen our self-awareness to discover what holds us back? And how can we design a life that feels inspiring AND contributes powerfully to the transformation of our world? 

To explore these questions, James StarkChristopher Kuntzsch, and Katia Sol will draw upon their experience leading the Ecology of Leadership program at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA.  They will provide an introduction to the program's core principles and practices, and share how we can begin to incorporate these into our lives as well as our local transition initiatives. 

For more information, visit  

A Conversation with Rob Hopkins: Spreading, Deepening and Emerging Directions of the Transition Movement

 Rob HopkinsThursday, March 21, 2013
10:00am - 11:30am Pacific         

Join us for a conversation with Rob Hopkins. Hear how the Transition concept has spread to different countries. How it has deepened within communities. And what directions are emerging. Rob needs no introduction really but if you are new to the concept of "Transition" then this is a great opportunity to learn from the source.


See all upcoming events >>

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New Recording: Unstuck Economics

How do we get from stuck economy to resilient economy? With the help of lively cartoon images, sharing economy lawyer and Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Janelle Orsi, will help us visualize some of the next critical steps and how a new sharing economy can ACTUALLY WORK -- "How Cooperatives and Community Enterprise Will Get Us Out of this Gigantic Mess."

Janelle Orsi Youtube


New Organizing Toolbox: Building Teams
Volunteer efforts often flounder due to a failure to develop reliable, consistent, and creative local leadership teams. Research has revealed 5 building blocks necessary for creating interdependent teams, and in this lesson you will learn to structure leadership teams that encourage stability, motivation, creativity, and accountability - and use volunteer time, skills, and effort effectively.

Community Building 101
Margiana Petersen-Rockney of the Young Farmer Night Series in Massachusetts/Rhode Island explores how the social organizing skills she developed early in life have helped her build community and bounce back from adversity. 

Snippets of Advice: Holding Interesting Meetings
Transition Network's Ben Brangwyn shares helpful meeting and organizing tools to maximize the impact (and fun!) of your Transition Initiative meetings.

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Post Carbon Institute Update

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news

Rebuilding the Foodshed coverThis month saw two major releases from Post Carbon Institute. Our new book Rebuilding the Foodshed by Philip Ackerman-Leist, the latest in theCommunity Resilience Guide series, is a great resource for groups either starting out on food and community projects, or wanting to take their work to the next level. The book is available to buy at a special friends of PCI price - just follow this link and enter the code: EVDEBS.

Our second big release of the month was the groundbreaking new report Drill Baby Drill by Post Carbon Fellow David Hughes. The report uses thorough research and data analysis to deflate the hype about unconventional oil and gas, popping the myth of a new era of energy abundance. For more information including fact sheets, graphs and a map


Let's mobilize of thousands of new residents, create innumerable sustainability actions provide the community networks and cross-sector collaborations needed to Transition our towns and cities across the US.

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Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. We are working in close partnership with the Transition Network, a UK based organization that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole.


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